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Feeling the feeling and healing

He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3, WEB)

Do you experience great happiness like fireworks in the sky, like your chest would be just about to burst with joy? Or sadness as if the sea would be pulling you to its depths? Well, these might be a little “over narrated” reactions, but I do think that as an artist we experience human feelings a little bit differently, maybe. I think, and this is based on own observations of my artist friends and colleagues, we just observe life more through our senses. It’s like we have a kind of “kaleidoscope” through which we see a lot more levels in everyday life than someone else might see, you agree? 

I guess it’s safe to say that art is made through certain kinds of feelings and emotions. (Would be interesting to see an exhibition with visual art that has been made totally without feelings, it’s impossible, isn’t it?! 😀 ) The artist is bringing something visible, touchable, audible for others to experience. Artist is giving something from within him- or herself, that has been hidden before. Creating is a lifeline to creative person, but there are so many of us who haven’t taken this free and oh-so-wonderful-way-of-healing in to action! I want to dearly encourage you to take the step into something new, something you haven’t done before!

For me, this painting was part of a long healing process that God took me into. As you can see, I’ve painted myself without any recognizable features. This might add a certain kind of… mystery touch to the painting yea, and I’m happy for that, but let me tell you a BIG secret: *I don’t know how to paint human face* so I just choose not to do that! 😀 You see, it’s not about how “well” you can paint or how “talented” you are, it’s about daring to try and find new way to be and learn! Let me add a text I wrote elsewhere in this blog: 

The “You Can’t” is so very sadly true lie with many of us. WHO SAYS you can’t? WHO DEFINES what is when one can and when one can’t? NO ONE. That is absolutely the right of no one. If you want to draw: DRAW!!!

How to hit the bull’s eye with your art

I bet it is more the rule than the exception for us believers, that at some point we get the looong glances. 😉 Like when I say I talk to God they say I’m “rightgeous”, but when I tell them God answers me back they don’t say anything… You can just see the flashing light from their eyes which cable “N-U-T-T-E-R!” 😀 But well, that’s what I was like before I met the Living God in the middle of the street in 2003, so I do understand where these glances come from. 🙂

When painting or other wise working with the Holy Spirit I’ve come to situations where I’ve had to choose whether to act along the first impression or stay asking God the right way. As many times as this has happened, I’ve also witnessed the “Holy Pattern”. You see, the devil is there quick as an ermine trying to convince “you didn’t hear correctly, maybe you should wait, maybe you should think about it before you start acting according to it, it was just a faint impression, nothing more…”

Don’t try to measure God’s ways with your mind, you’ll never make it even close! For me, the “Holy Pattern” most often has been, that the first impression I get, the first thought or ray of light I see when making my art work with the Spirit, is usually the right way to go further.

There was this miniature roombox that I made into an Ariel washing powder box. The name of this work was “Angel’s laundry day”. The Holy Spirit told me to use one specific Bible phrase with it, and it was: ‘A voice came to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed, you must not call unclean.” ‘ (Acts 10:15, WEB). I really didn’t agree with Him and was thinking a totally different verse, though I did use the one He asked. In the end, I had an exhibition in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation day center in Helsinki, and I later heard, that this specific roombox with this specific Bible verse was really touching a lady customer that was also visiting the exhibition. So keeping my own mind I might have hit 7 or 8, but when I did as the Holy Spirit told me to, my work wasn’t just somethingy nicey: it had the true word of God in it, and it hit the bull’s eye when it reached this lady. 

So what ever art you do, be true to the often very small voice of the Holy Spirit. He is gentle and He never forces His way in our life, but if you choose to rely on Him the greatest blessing is to see how He works with and through you! Stay blessed! 🙂

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Let go and let God

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Come out from the desert!

Come out from the desert and lean on your Lover

Come out from the desert and lean on your Lover. (Aquarelle on paper.)

As a believer you know, that sometimes God takes us to experience the desert. It is first and foremost, what we think, a spiritual desert. There we feel that we’re all alone, God doesn’t speak to us anymore. It can last for years, as harsh as it sounds, and get so severe lack of the Living Water, that one could even think about quitting the whole thing with Jesus. “If this is all You offer, I’m done, thank you!”. It could also be, that the enemy has convinced you, that the desert walk is your destiny and that’s all you’re ever gonna get from God. IT IS NOT TRUE!!!

But the thing is, that if we really want to grow in faith, it happens in and through the time spent in the desert. Of course we can be like a piece of lard in a freezer, so to speak, you know what I mean? You just “hang in there” and give up, as long as you still get out some day. But to grow in faith is also about striving when you are experiencing the desert. We are good enough for God through Jesus Christ, that’s for sure, but if you want to be Spiritually victorious here on earth, you sometimes just need to make the decision to keep your head above the water level. God has given us free will, and it applies also to how we decide to go through this experience. Do I really want to compromise my rightful place in Heaven, do I want to come through this time just barely alive, or do I choose to worship and relate with Him no matter what? Please, choose the “no matter what”, you can make it through Him who strengthens you! 

This piece was painted during a worship session in July. I felt I was just by the door to come out from a very long time in a desert, and I saw the picture of me leaning on Jesus as He was walking with me the last miles. (He’s been with me, and you, all the time, but I felt as if He would’ve made himself visible to me only a little time before I got out.) So my dear, what ever you go through and what ever you do, don’t give up, as your oasis is already visible!

Symbols and colours: gold

Love

Esaiah 54:10 “For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my loving kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, says Yahweh who has mercy on you.”

This piece of work is “Love”. It’s one of the three pieces that belong to “Faith, Hope, Love” -triptych. The ground is made with small stones. It represents Christ being on Earth as a regular human being. It also represents sin, which Jesus Christ has conquered through His death and resurrection.

The Bible verse that I felt to relate with this piece tells, that God has made with us a covenant, the covenant of piece. It tells me about Calvary, that is the exact place of the covenant that God made with the whole human kind. The covenant that overcomes sin and gives us the possibility to be saved to Heaven. The Bible teaches us clearly, that it is only through this covenant that we can be saved, covenant which is Jesus Christ himself.

The golden colour then. To me it represents God’s glory, His sovereign power, His kingdom, His victory, the kingship of Jesus Christ. Kevin J. Connor writes in Interpreting the Symbols and Types -book about gold like this: “symbol of kingship, kingdom glory, God or gods”.

How God started with me

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Do you have it in your heart to tell about the Gospel but you just haven’t found your media yet? Or maybe you even know what your way to evangelize is, but the doors just don’t seem to open?

I’ll tell you how it all started for me, and maybe it can be encouragement for you too. So I had been doing miniature roomboxes for some years already before I came to faith in 2003. I had two small babies and was studying and trying to take care of the home. The desire to make the minis was… terrible. It took practically all the time when my hands were free. Along the way I started to feel that it wasn’t right, as it took my attention away from everything else: my family, studies and we also used to be a foster family for two teenagers who were living in the same house with us. But the biggest thing that was constantly in the background of my mind was, that it was between God and myself. I wasn’t able to grow in faith.

So I said “God. Take this awful itch to make miniatures away, or do something that I can make them with an easy conscience”. What a great, big, awesome God we have; He did exactly that! He had given me the skill to make miniature things, so much so that it became my passion. At this point I had already had many group and personal exhibitions around Finland, so I had it going with getting “secular” opportunities to show my art. But I will never forget the moment when it happened for the first time, that the Holy Spirit told me clearly what I must do…

I was in IKEA, London UK. Saw a package of 3 photo frames with different colours: orange, yellow and red. What I saw was a package of frames for beautiful miniature roombox displays. At the very moment my hand touched the package, I got three words: faith, hope, loveWhen I got back home to Finland it was amazing how the Holy Spirit gave everything: colours, Bible verses, installations, symbolism, newspaper articles, materials, He told me e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g  as the work progressed. When I was making a certain phase of the work, I didn’t know what comes next before it was time to move on. I haven’t experienced anything like that before or after that.  A real, genuine flow! 

Maybe I’ll write later about how you can learn to make art with the Holy Spirit? At least I can tell how He teaches me to work with Him through creativity. It is a whole different thing to paint and paint what He asks you to paint. 🙂

Symbols and colours: silver

Pocket watch above silvery sand.

Revelation 22:7, 12-13

This piece of work is called “Gotta watch? Gotta watch!”. It tells about how important it is for us to keep close attention to the “time”. We, as believers, have to keep watch of what is going on in the world, and on the other hand what is going on in our personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. We have to stay spiritually alert!

The second I saw the pocket watch in a second hand shop, the Holy Spirit told me what I was supposed to do with it. There is a so called “Doomsday Clock” in the University of Chicago. “It is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging biotechnologies, and cybertechnology that could inflict irrevocable harm, whether by intention, miscalculation, or by accident, to our way of life and to the planet.” (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, 2016) 

At the moment this post is written, the Doomsday Clock shows 3 minutes to midnight. The Bible verses related to this piece of work are

Revelation 22:7, 12-13 “7.Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. 12.Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work. 13.I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Of course the lion that is pictured in the clock represents the Lion of Judah to me. And last but not least: the silvery colour then. It represents God’s victorious Army, His omnipotent Being, and the victory of God’s Kingdom. This is my personal interpretation of what the colour (or mineral) silver speaks to me.

Silver appears in the Bible e.g. in Exodus 30:11-16 where the silver shekel was the most common means of payment, each israelite was to pay half a shekel as ransom for his soul to Yahweh. In the book Interpreting the Symbols and Types Kevin J. Conner interpretes silver (pg. 23) as “Price of a soul” and also “Redemption money” according to Matthew 27:3-9, where Judas had sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

Take time to worship

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Natunen gave me the honour and stood as the live model for the Lion of Judah! 😀

It is a wise investment into your life, to spend time with the Holy Spirit. There usually is no short cut into knowing Him more, but to actually take the time for Him. Put Him the priority of your life. What ever blessing you think you lack, all your needs will be fulfilled once you “seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33 WEB)

It is also encouraged to use the means of your God-given creative gifts at home, if you are too shy to express it publicly. If you’d love to paint (but have always “known” you can’t) buy some paints and brushes (or paint with an old dishcloth for that matter, point being that you start using the gift you have!) If you can keep a brush between your fingers, you can paint. If you can’t keep the brush between your fingers, you can put it into your mouth or between your toes. The same freedom is highly urged when asking from Father God how you could express your love towards Him (if you don’t already know), and maybe even share the Gospel through your creativity!

Here’s a series of photos of my home-lion Natunen, as he was so kind to introduce himself as a live model! 😉 😀

From the desert

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Don’t you dare to explain me,
I’m coming out from the desert.

Don’t you start wondering in front of me,
there hasn’t been much wonders lately.
No waterdrop, no palm-width cloud.

Don’t you dare to explain me,
how the experience increases,
I could easily live without a single experience for a while now.

Don’t you come to comfort me
how even sand cleanses while rubbing,
because I keep my wounds, my decorations with pride.

Don’t you come to spur me on at this point,
when my oasis is already visible.
I learned to know the whole desert alone,
these wars aren’t won by socializing.

I carry the Word and the Sword.
Sand hasn’t been able to wear out neither of them.

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